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Saltwater Sportsman - - Tod / Casts + Blasts - P. Paul Surry, Vir­ginia

I have been an avid reader for over 50 years. I rec­og­nize that progress is painstak­ing, no one will­ing to give an inch de­spite over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence that a fish caught by re­cre­ational an­glers is worth 10 times or more per pound than one caught in nets.

Don’t you think it would be a good idea to form a part­ner­ship with com­mer­cial fish­er­men by sub­si­diz­ing startup costs for salt­wa­ter fish farms? Coastal farms to start farm­ing operations would be a path­way to self-sus­tain­ing busi­nesses. I have no doubt that re­cre­ational an­glers would do­nate to set­ting this up. We have to as­sure both sides that there are no losers.

Com­mer­cial fish­ing and min­ing are the last two re­main­ing ex­trac­tion in­dus­tries on Earth. Just look at what both of them have done to the planet. It’s time to change.

There are only two things that will con­vince com­mer­cial fish­er­man to stop what they do: lack of fish or an­other way to en­sure that they can in­crease their in­comes. Reg­u­lated com­mer­cial fish­ing is a stop­gap. They need to be con­verted to salt­wa­ter farms that can in­crease the sup­ply in ac­cor­dance with de­mand. That’s progress, as our pop­u­la­tion con­tin­ues its up­ward climb.

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